Dayton school board: Supt. Corr slept, was ‘unkempt’ at teacher talks

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 6:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 9:35 PM

Look into the allegations against DPS superintendent Corr

Dayton School Superintendent Rhonda Corr slept in front of the federal mediator during an Aug. 9 contract negotiating session, berated high-level administrators and received death benefits for a domestic partner while legally married to another person, according to a pre-disciplinary hearing notice released Tuesday.

The notice from Dayton’s school board provides the first detailed explanation for why the board placed Corr on administrative leave after a four-hour executive session seven days earlier.

LAST WEEK: School board puts superintendent Corr on paid leave

“Administrators report a hostile working environment created by your behaviors,” the hearing notice signed by school board President Robert Walker says. “District employees have expressed their reluctance to continue working with you as you undermine, disparage, and bully them.”

The same school board had unanimously given Corr a three-year contract extension in February after seven months of work, then gave her a glowing performance review on Oct. 3.

Tuesday’s notice says that the board “is considering disciplinary action” against Corr that “may include termination of your Superintendent’s contract for good and just cause.” It says Corr’s alleged actions violate multiple school board policies, “constitute conduct unbecoming an educator” and “violate the trust and confidence the Board of Education has placed in you.”

8 WEEKS AGO: School board gives Corr glowing evaluation

“They further demonstrate your inability to lead the District and reflect poorly on the District as a whole,” the notice says, warning that Corr could be suspended without pay pending termination proceedings. She is currently getting paid her salary while on leave.

The hearing notice does not include numerous accusations of racial discrimination/harassment that were part of a report the school board mentioned publicly last week. That report, also released Tuesday night, found that Corr committed one violation of board policy. The report recommended policy training for Corr and that she stop certain speech patterns that some employees referred to as “black talk.”

READ MORE: Report: Supt. Corr violated 1 DPS policy on racial discrimination

The hearing letter goes into detail on several allegations.

In September 2016, Corr told Executive Director of Human Resources Judy Spurlock that the school board had agreed to pay moving expenses and a certain retirement benefit for new administrators Elizabeth Lolli and Markay Winston, according to the notice.

Corr “demanded that the payments be added immediately,” the notice says, but the board had not approved the expenses as Corr indicated, and the contract modification led to an internal audit warning, according to the notice. In a later meeting with the board, the document says, Corr allegedly said she had told Spurlock she did not have authority to offer those payments, which the board then had to approve retroactively.

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The notice says Corr did not “act professionally” at the Aug. 9, 2017, negotiating session, which came just two days before teachers union’s strike deadline. Corr, the notice says, arrived late, said she was ill and appeared “unkempt.”

“Rather than excusing yourself from the meeting, you behaved unprofessionally by sleeping during caucuses in front of the mediator and your fellow bargaining team members,” the DPS document says.

The document says Corr listed “inaccurate information on board documents.” On July 1, 2016, it says, she marked on her W-4 form that she was single and signed the form under penalty of perjury. But Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents reveal that on Oct. 3, 2017, Corr filed for divorce from her spouse whom she had married in 2007 in Massachusetts.

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The notice also says she used her position as superintendent “to promote your self-interests.” It says she lobbied Human Resources officials to make life insurance available to employees’ spouses and domestic partners a short time after she was hired in 2016, and then, after it was approved, purchased life insurance for a “domestic partner” who was already ill and passed away on Oct. 15, 2016.

This occurred “even though you were legally married to another person and had not obtained a legal separation,” the document says.

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It also accuses Corr of failing to request approval for absences from the DPS treasurer, as the board requires so that her number of days off can be tracked. The notice lists nine days “at a minimum” when she was absent from work without getting prior approval.

After one of the allegations in the report, the notice says: “You refuse to accept responsibility for your actions.”

Corr is scheduled to meet with the school board’s designated hearing officer at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 to tell her side of the story. She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Sunshine today, rain and snow later this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:35 AM

Sunshine returns Sunday in the Dayton area, with the chance for rain and snow returning later in the week.

Mostly sunny skies are expected today, which will be a nice day with highs in the lower 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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  • Sunny and nice today
  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Chance for snow Monday night/early Tuesday

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Tonight: A few more clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 30s.

Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

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Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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No injuries reported in shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM

UPDATE @ 1:59 a.m.:

There were no reported injuries in a reported shots fired incident at K-9 Club in Dayton. 


Crews are on scene of a reported shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton located at 5100 Germantown Pike, according to regional dispatch.

The call came in around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, per initial reports.

We have a crew on scene and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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California Girl Scout sells 312 boxes of cookies near pot dispensary

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:09 AM

Girl Scout Sells More Than 300 Boxes of Cookies Near Pot Dispensary

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A 9-year-old Girl Scout in California discovered a strategic spot to sell cookies -- in front of the Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary in San Diego, The San Diego-Union Tribune reported.

The girl and her father, whose identities are not being revealed, said they sold 312 boxes of cookies in a few hours during Super Bowl weekend, KGTV reported. The girl did not set up on the property of the dispensary, but was in plain view of the building, KGTV reported.

So customers craving Thin Mints, S’mores or Samoas had a convenient place to buy them.

However, the dispensary posted a photo on Instagram showing the girl with boxes of cookies in front of the business.

“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with -- shopping is more fun with friends anyways," the company wrote on the Instagram post. "GSC" refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies, KGTV reported.

California has legalized recreational marijuana for sale and consumption, but selling the cookies outside a dispensary has drawn criticism with some calling it bad parenting, the Union-Tribune reported.

A spokesman for the Girl Scouts said there are rules for selling cookies outside businesses. Mary Doyle, the organization’s communications director, told the Union-Tribune in a statement that Girl Scouts can set up booths outside businesses if they get a permit from the owner and sell between Feb. 9 and March 11. She added that a marijuana dispensary is not an approved site for booth sales.

But since the girl had cookies loaded in a rolling cart, was staying on the sidewalk and was accompanied by an adult, she was technically within the rules, Alison Bushan, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts San Diego, told the Union-Tribune. 

"So if that's what they say they were doing … then they were right within the rules," Bushan told KGTV.

Bushan said Girl Scouts can only sell cookies on “walk-abouts” in neighborhoods. Urbn Leaf is located in a commercial zone, the Union-Tribune reported.

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I-75 S reopens south of Austin Landing after injury crash sends one to hospital

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 11:51 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:48 AM

I-75 shut down south of Austin Landing after crash

UPDATE @ 12:42 a.m.:

Interstate 75 south of the Austin Landing exit just before the Springboro Franklin exit is now open after being shut down following a vehicle accident.

The single vehicle crash occurred when a car traveling northbound on I-75 drove into the median then into the southbound lane causing the car to flip at least one time, according to troopers.

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One male, the driver of the car, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, troopers said.

The southbound lanes were shut down for about an hour.

It is not known what caused the accident.

UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down due to debris in the roadway following a rollover crash involving more than one vehicle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post.

It is not clear how many people are injured, nor whether any lanes will reopen soon.

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The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m. at the 40 milepost, south of the Austin Landing exit just before the Springboro Franklin exit.


Crews were called tonight to a report of an injury crash on in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 south of the Austin Landing exit.

The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m.

According to initial reports, at least one vehicle was on its top.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post is investigating.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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